Canopy Observation Tower

Tranquilo Bay’s new canopy tower is an outstanding place to observe many birds, mammals, reptiles, and butterflies living high above the forest floor in Bocas del Toro, Panama.  The rainforest trail system here at Tranquilo Bay is very productive in terms of wildlife sightings, but you might find yourself looking up all the time.  That’s because in the tropical rainforest everything, it seems, is in competition for light.  There are some very specialized flora and fauna living in the upper levels of the forest canopy.  They ruthlessly creep, crawl, climb, scurry, fly and flutter until they reach the top.  When you ascend the tower, emerging through the canopy, your eyes are treated to an unobstructed view of a tropical rainforests most desirable real estate.  The views are absolutely incredible and the wildlife seems to be undisturbed by your presence, you are not a threat.  That makes wildlife watching much easier for many different reasons.  First, there is plenty of light above the canopy making photography and binocular use a dream.  All those fancy optics you paid for actually get to do their best work.  Furthermore, your subjects seem to be more cooperative or content.  On the ground, everything is always moving away, or gone before you pass through if you aren’t quiet, which is hard to do in groups.  Above the canopy birds, mammals, and reptiles are foraging on tree top seeds and flowers or soaking up the sun for a daily dose of warm blood.  They stay in the same areas for longer periods of time thus giving you a better chance for a great view.  What’s more important is that the animals moved in to see you because in the tower you are not stirring up leaves, stepping on sticks or moving around making a lot of noise.  Since you are not disturbing anyone, you are able to observe natural wildlife behavior and daily habits.  The combination of good light and less movement of the subject make Tranquilo Bay’s canopy observation tower an excellent place to study your field marks or take that wildlife photo of a lifetime.

Birding Group at Tranquilo Bay

Bocas Canopy Tower

From the tower, eye-level views of the canopy help visitors see many birds, mammals and reptiles that are often hard to find from the trail.

Panama Bird Watching

A great place for birding groups and individual bird watchers to hone their tropical identification skills. Birds high on perch above the canopy can be clearly observed while locked in the scope.



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